About Craig Spangenberg (1914 - 1998)

With a career spanning nearly 60 years, Craig Spangenberg was highly regarded nationally and internationally as a skilled trial lawyer and dedicated teacher of legal skills. His brilliance in the courtroom is legendary. For example, he developed the "eggshell victim" argument which, as all 1Ls learn, requires that you must take your victims as you find them, regardless of whether they are more vulnerable or easily injured than "average" people.

He worked tirelessly to level the playing field for plaintiff’s attorneys and injured parties. He represented Canadian children who had been victims of the drug Thalidomide and was appointed Canadian Queen's Counsel in recognition of this work. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren appointed him to the U.S. Judicial Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence and he later was named to the National Commission for the Revision of Antitrust Laws and Procedures. Spangenberg founded and served as the first president of the International Society of Barristers and also served as the Dean of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In 2013 he was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame.